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West Virginia University launches Civil Engineering Degree in Bahrain

03,Oct 2017

West Virginia University launched its inaugural Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program with a Student Orientation Programme on the 28th of September 2017. The degree program, the first to be offered by West Virginia University in the Middle East started accepting applicants for the fall semester during the summer with students enrolling for academic year 2017/2018. Students enrolled in the program are registered as West Virginia University students and are eligible to earn their Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

At the student orientation event, Dr. David Steward, Associate Vice-President for Global Strategies and International Affairs welcomed the new students, wishing them success in their academic endeavors. He added that the launch of the degree is an integral part of West Virginia University’s plan to provide world-class educational services to all students, to help them realize their potential and gain the necessary knowledge and skills to further their personal and professional career.

The students were also addressed by Dr. David Wyrick, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Statler College of Engineering & Mineral resources who encouraged the students to seize this opportunity to gain expertise from the visiting professors and reiterated West Virginia University’s dedication to fostering the ideal atmosphere in education and stressed on the potential of such programs for collaboration and exchanging of ideas and practices.

As part of the launch of the program and the high level visiting delegation, Dr. Hema Siriwardane, Professor and Chairman, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering expressed his pride in launching the first degree program to be offered by West Virginia University in the Middle East, congratulating the students on joining the West Virginia University family and thanked the West Virginia University team for their efforts as well as mentioning the collaboration between West Virginia University and Royal University for Women that paved the way for the launch of the degree program which is part of a broader plan to launch a larger number of programs.

The West Virginia University degree program in Bahrain hosted by Royal University for Women offers newly constructed facilities and classrooms with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment as well as benefiting from courses and labs instructed by West Virginia University affiliated faculty. The West Virginia University program is co-educational and all students admitted to the program will enroll in a preparatory foundation semester in English and Mathematics. In addition, career support services are available to assist with job placement upon graduation.

Fields of study during the Civil Engineering program include environmental and water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. 

During his visit last year, West Virginia University President Dr. Gordon Gee stated, “West Virginia University is an institution with international reach,” Dr. Gee said “The Gulf region is an important part of our global strategy.”  Dr. Gee also added, “We will continue to encourage ingenuity and creativity to bring forth new ideas – bold innovations – to our global landscape. Together, we will ensure that our world is moving toward a brighter future – a future that embraces our differences so that our commonalities create opportunities for success.”

The West Virginia University Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is a testament to the international reach of WVU and commitment to the partnerships in the Kingdom of Bahrain. West Virginia University is a leader in innovation and research, holding the classification of R1 research activity (highest) institution in the United States of America.